As the demand for documentary video outpaces traditional photojournalism, Canon’s C-Series of cameras build on the multimedia revolution that began with DSLR. At the same price point and size, but with technology focused on moving images, the cinema series takes over where DSLR left off. These cameras are designed for high-impact storytelling and students in this workshop do just that.

Working directly with journalists, students find, shoot and edit character-driven films about the local community, taking projects from conception to completion on deadline. Through hands-on demonstrations, lectures and critiques, instructors show the benefits of using the C-Series to work alone or in small teams and cover the workflow, equipment and techniques to do so. Gain the skills to put a great camera to great affect!

Students should have an understanding of video production and be familiar with editing in Adobe Premiere.


Brian Kaufman

Brian Kaufman is a three time national Emmy award winning video journalist with the Detroit Free Press. His style of visual storytelling blends cinematography with traditional still photography and is an intimate reflection of the subjects that he works with. As a one-man-band or working in small teams, Brian’s work spans a broad range, from quick-turn daily assignments to long term projects on social and environmental issues. The Society of Professional Journalists in Detroit named him the 2009 Young Journalist of the Year and his work as a photographer and editor has been recognized by a number of other organizations.

After receiving a Visual Journalism degree from Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, Calif., Brian accepted a job at the Naples Daily News in Florida, where he helped launch the first newspaper-based television newscast in the country. In 2007 Brian joined the Detroit Free Press, where he has been instrumental in facilitating the education of video journalism to other newspaper photographers and reporters.

Brian’s personal work includes nature and wildlife cinematography and adventure travel. From climbing mountain peaks in the Sierra Nevada to exploring Detroit’s many abandon buildings, the Canon 5D Mark II has become his camera of choice. Brian’s future goals include directing feature length documentary films.


Course Dates

Jun 18 to Jun 24



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